Re­mem­brance Day con­test be­gins for Le­gion

POPPY FUND CAM­PAIGN TO BE­GIN THIS MONTH

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS SOUTHERN ALBERTA - Dave Ma­bell LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD

Stu­dent com­pe­ti­tions are un­der­way across south­ern Al­berta, as the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion pre­pares for Re­mem­brance Day.

Cash prizes are be­ing of­fered for the best posters and lit­er­ary sub­mis­sions. The an­nual event is part of the Gen­eral Stewart Branch’s sup­port of the Le­gion’s aim at fos­ter­ing the Re­mem­brance Day tra­di­tion.

Schools in Leth­bridge and nearby com­mu­ni­ties have been sent in­for­ma­tion and an in­vi­ta­tion for stu­dents to take part, lo­cal of­fi­cials say. All stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble, whether or not their schools take it on as a project.

Dead­line for sub­mis­sions will be Dec. 1, and judges will select na­tional prize win­ners in time for a Le­gion cel­e­bra­tion in April.

Later this month, mean­while, mem­bers will be tak­ing Poppy Fund do­na­tion boxes to lo­ca­tions across the re­gion. Pro­ceeds don’t go to main­tain­ing the Le­gion, of­fi­cials point out, but to vet­er­ans or com­mu­nity agen­cies that sup­port vet­er­ans.

Re­cent con­tri­bu­tions, they add, in­clude funds for a blad­der scan­ner for a Ray­mond longterm care fa­cil­ity, a spe­cial ex­er­cise bike — ac­ces­si­ble in a wheel­chair — in Ma­grath and tilt­ing shower chairs at Chi­nook Re­gional Hospi­tal.

The Leth­bridge branch also sup­ported the re­cent im­prove­ment project for the Im­mor­tal Flame at Moun­tain­view Ceme­tery, they add. And it of­fers wreaths for lo­cal grave sites.

This year’s “tag day” will be Oct. 28, when mem­bers of youth groups will of­fer pop­pies at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions across the city. Sea cadets will also take pop­pies to the Leth­bridge Hur­ri­canes game on Nov. 10, the day be­fore Re­mem­brance Day.

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